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What’s What: People are so busy, they routinely pay other people to keep them organized, at home or in the office.
Amava Take: Are you one of those people who always knows where everything is? Is your closet arranged by color, fabric or some other scheme that works for you? Make lists much? There’s a flexible job with your name on it: professional organizer. From calendars to cabinets, you can get paid to help clients keep their acts together. Plus, if you answered “yes” to those questions, this will come naturally to you and give you satisfaction. Get out that label-maker!
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
People who organize as a way of life. The ones with the neat cars, clean closets and no junk drawers.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Triple check your website and/or resume. Immaculate counts!
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
Professional organizers are the ones who make the schedules!
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
Making people’s lives more orderly of course!
How would you describe the hard parts?
There are some closets that are hard to face.
What’s the most unusual list you’ve ever made?
All the different sizes and colors of the rhinestones needed by a client for her daughter’s dance costumes.
Special Requirements: Be awesome, but also check out the National Association of Professional Organizers for current information on the field. There’s information there about how to get certified by the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers as well. If you love the “does it spark joy?” framework, you can become a Marie Kondo certified professional organizer. Find professional organizer inspiration and start planning. We know you’re a planner.
Finding a Position: Local listings are your best bet, because most of these positions are gig-based. There are also some companies (like Major Organizers in CO, TX and OH) who hire and deploy organizers. You can learn more about the field and certifications offered by checking the website for the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. This article outlines the traits that make a great professional organizer.